I remember reading a few parenting books when my son was a couple of months old. They described how your child has distinct crying sounds, and you should be able to decipher between a cry for food versus a fussy cry because your child is tired. I was not very successful at deciphering this baby code…so, when my son was screaming and crying, I went through the checklist – 1. did he hurt himself?, 2. did he take a nap recently?, 3. did I feed him his bottle?, 4. does he want to be held?
Now, there could be some light at the end of the tunnel for parents. Someone recently told me about a new & innovative iPhone application for new parents. The Cry Translator made by Biloop Technologic, S.L., claims to be successful at identifying the five distinct cries from infants: hungry, sleepy, stressed, annoyed, or bored, and that these five cries are universal to all babies regardless of culture or language. For $9.99, the app claims that within 10 seconds of recording your baby crying, it will provide you with suggested tips to soothe your baby. That is a bold claim, but sounds amazing.
Not sold on this app yet? The application description mentions that “according to clinical research conducted in a pediatric hospital in Spain, 96% of the babies ceased crying after applying the suggestions displayed by the Cry Translator.”
I am still using my blackberry so I am unable to download and share the success (or lack there of) of this new iPhone app. Can some other dads share their feedback?